The osteopathic medical students and podiatric medical students who are members of the Des Moines University Class of 2019 were strong contenders for postgraduate residencies, the next phase of their medical training. Of the 220 class members in the College of Osteopathic Medicine who entered the match pool, 219 landed residencies, for a match rate of 99.5 percent.
All 52 class members of the College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery matched into residencies.
The osteopathic students landed residencies in 37 states, the highest number – 28 – in Iowa. Consistent with DMU’s track record of producing highly needed physicians in primary care, 54 of the graduates will go on to residencies in family medicine, 30 in pediatrics and 25 in internal medicine. Thirty-three graduates will have residencies in emergency medicine.
Among all osteopathic medical schools that reported match results, the average match rate was 98 percent.
In a report released on March 15, 2019, the American Academy of Family Physicians noted that the “Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Iowa stands out in 2011-2017 data as having both the highest number of graduates entering family medicine residences (412) and the highest percentage of graduates entering those residency programs (27.4 percent).”
DMU’s 2019 podiatric graduates received residencies in 26 states and the District of Columbia, five in Michigan and three each in Iowa, Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
By the numbers
Most popular states for DMU’s 2019 osteopathic medical graduates:
- Iowa (28 students)
- Michigan (20 students)
- Illinois (19 students)
- Ohio (16 students)
Most popular specialty areas:
- Family medicine (54 students)
- Emergency medicine (33 students)
- Pediatrics (30 students)
- Internal medicine (25 students)
- Surgery (12 students)
Most popular states for DMU’s 2019 podiatric medical graduates:
- Michigan (5 students)
- Iowa, Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania (3 students each)
- Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Missouri, New York and Wisconsin (2 students each)